10 of the best kid-friendly shows for under-10s at Edinburgh Festival Fringe


Share the full Festival Fringe experience with your little ones with Deadline’s Top 10 Kid-Friendly Shows for children aged 10 and younger.

1. Moon Dragon for 5 and Under / Moon Dragon for Children under 1

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Venue: Pleasance @ The Green | 1st-26thAug (not 14thor 21st)

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 5 and under | Children under 1

Bertie the Moon Dragon is having a terrible day! Nothing is as it should be. However, all is not yet lost, as with the help of the audience and some wonderful characters along the way to help him, Bertie can ensure that the night will be saved, and all can return just as it should be.

A simple story is woven with original songs and sprinkled with activities and games of just the right level for everyone to enjoy. This show has two sittings aimed at different age groups.

2. Girl Scouts vs Aliens

Venue: Assembly George Square Studios | 2 – 26 August (not 13th and 27th).

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 8+ (7-13)

Prepare for puppetry, physical theatre, fist-pumping pop music, survival skills and science in Escapade Productions’ hilarious sci-fi comedy.

3. Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show

Mighty Kids Beatbox Comedy Show poster
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Venue: Assembly Rooms Front Room | 3 – 24 August (not 12th).

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 5+

Award-winning comedian Jarred Christmas and champion beatboxer Hobbit present a fun-filled interactive show to this year’s Fringe Festival. Learn how to make mind-blowing music, win prizes and laugh through your pantaloons.

4. Oliver!

Venue: Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre | 13 – 25 August.

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 8+

Consider yourself well in with Captivate Theatre’s production of Lionel Bart’s timeless musical. Packed with energy and emotion, this play is fun for all the family.

5. Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast cast photo
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Venue: C Viva | 1 – 26 August (not 13th).

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 0+

C’s sensational Shakespearience returns for its 28th sell-out year. This year the Bardic Breakfasters will be taking on Will’s classic ‘Romeo & Juliet’ – with free coffee and croissants!


6. Soundplay Dome

Venue: City Art Centre | 12 – 16 August.

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 0+ (0-12)

Soundplay Projects presents a unique interactive, musical sensory space for children of all ages. This audiovisual pop-up playground invites its visitors to create a soothing musical landscape using objects and tactile materials, turning the space into a playful digital instrument.

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7. Superhero Academy: An Environmental Adventure

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard | 3 – 18 August.

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 3+ (3-10)

Join the Superhero Academy and save the world by learning ways to fight climate change through the art of interactive storytelling, music, puppets and games!

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8. Un Poyo Rojo

Venue: ZOO Southside | 21 – 26 August.

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 8+

Luciano Rosso and Alfonso Barón perform amazing physical feats encompassing dance, acrobatics and physical comedy in a show which explores the distorted expectations of manhood. A funny, raw, playful hour interspersed with competitiveness and camaraderie as well as seduction and sabotage, showcasing the best of Argentinian contemporary dance.

9. Super Sunday

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Venue: Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows | 2 – 24 August (not 7th, 12th and 19th).

Tickets available here.

Suitability: 0+

Making its Edinburgh Fringe debut, Race Horse Company’s massive international success ‘Super Sunday’ is a kaleidoscope of colourful energy and the company’s biggest production yet. A no-holds barred rollercoaster ride of a show, combining cheeky boneheaded mentality with hilarious dark humour and of course mind-blowing circus skills set in an amusement park world where nothing is quite as it seems.

10. Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science

Venue: Assembly George Square | 2 – 25 August (not 21st).

Tickets available here.

Suitability 5+ (5-14)

Magicians, time-travellers and all-round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona-fide, legitimately qualified scientists and now are bringing their knowledge to the stage. Expect a show full of phenomenal physics, captivating chemistry and bonkers biology!